Before anyone thinks I've gone off the deep end, this is not about Red Lobster
. This isn't really a trip report but a commentary on a great find on our Washington DC trip.
I noted previously that I wasn't going to do a trip report about our Washington DC trip and I'm still not going too. However I'm compelled to write about our first days experience taking Amtrak.
Our train arrived on time at around 7:10 AM at Kingston station in RI. We were expecting to arrive at BWI at around 1:30 PM. We were going to rent a car through the following evening as we had quite a few things planned before spending most of our trip in DC including going to Pioneer Pit Beef
in Baltimore, visiting Fell's point and Visiting Sandra's former boss who retired down to Lanham MD. We were going to go to Jerry's Seafood i
n Lanham that evening.
At noon we arrived at Philadelphia's 30th street Station as scheduled. It was there that they announced the train would be delayed with no estimated time of arrival. Eventually they informed us that there were downed wires between baltimore and DC and that crews were working to get these repaired. After nearly 3 hours on the train we got off and walked around. One of the conducters announced the train is likely going to go out of service and that there will be trains going through to DC but they will schedule them one by one. He suggested two other track numbers. At this point we already scrapped Pioneer Pit Beef
and Fells Point. Upstairs in the station, it was complete chaos, crowds of people wanting to know how they were going to get their destination and Amtrak employees who were completely clueless and in some cases...rude. We thought about getting a car rental in Philly, yet everything was booked. By luck we heard an amtrak employee announce that the incoming train would take 20 passengers. We were lucky to board that train, an Acela, however after yet another hours wait, they announced there would be a crew change and to walk to track across from us and a train would be coming. At this point, we got off the train and I told Sandra, they are lieing, there is no train coming. At least I didn't believe them.
A train did come a few minutes later, it was standing room only. We managed to find two seats at two separate tables in the snack car. 5 1/2 hours later we were actually moving. I spent 90 minutes sitting with strangers in the snack car with my luggage on the table wedged against my face.
We finally arrived at BWI at 7PM . We already scrapped meeting Sandra's old boss for dinner at Jerry's Seafood
( we did meet him the following morning for brunch) and decided to have dinner at what was supposed to be our next day's lunch stop, the Point Crabhouse and Grill
in Arnold MD. Of course as we got into our rental, I was having problems with my smart phone's GPS. I was so disgusted at this point that I just headed south towards Annapolis and figured we'll find the place eventually. Finally my GPS started working, I was surprised that it noted we were only 20 minutes from our destination as I thought it was close to a 1/2 hour from the airport. As we were driving and my GPS took me into a shopping plaza, I knew something wasn't right. The Point Crab House is supposed to be located in a marina in a residential neighborhood? As I realized something was wrong, my GPS announced "you have arrived at Red Lobster"
After our hellacious day, now my GPS is mocking me. I re-programmed the GPS and luckily we were only about 10 or 15 minutes away from our dinner destination. We were also very lucky that they were open until 10pm
We finally arrived at around 8:45 pm at The Point Crabhouse and Grill
located about 10 minutes north of downtown Annapolis.
The place was still hopping, thanks to a bar that offered local craft beer. We weren't in the mood to drink, just some unsweet iced tea please. I ordered the Maryland crab soup. Tomato based and loaded with crab, corn, carrots, celery, onions, cabbage and country ham (yes country ham) this was some of the best crab soup I've ever enjoyed. Sandra opted to skip soup (she would have some cream of crab the following day at G & M
We also ordered some dangerously addictive warm, fresh home made corn fritters and cheese biscuits to share as we waited for our main meal,
sadly it wasn't quite crab season yet, so no steamed crabs were available.I ordered one crab crake with remoulade, sandra ordered the ceasar salad with crab cake.The crab cake would make any Marylander proud. Made with local crab, jumbo lump, very little filler and spiced with old bay.
I would certainly return to Point Crabhouse and Grill
and consider a full blown review once I have a chance to try their steamed crabs. We left as they were starting to close and arrived at our hotel, the Calvert House in downtown Annapolis. Thankfully a wonderful close to a very unpredictable hectic day.